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Vistra Energy: Cash Machine at a Bargain Price

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 9, 2020

Back in January, I added unregulated electricity generator and retailer Vistra Energy (NYSE: VST) to the Aggressive Holdings for three reasons.

First, the company is a cash machine, consistently shaving costs from its business and debt from its balance sheet while gaining market share with acquisitions and “greening” its generation fleet. Second, its shares traded at a major valuation gap I thought would close as the US economy strengthened. And third, there was a growing possibility of a takeover, potentially by private capital.

Avangrid Inc: Getting Back on the Road to Growth

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 9, 2020

Conservative Holding Avangrid Inc (NYSE: AGR) hasn’t raised its dividend since July 2018. Not surprisingly, its returns have since lagged the Dow Jones Utility Average by more than 25 percentage points.

Two major developments in the past month promise a favorable reversal of fortune, even as shares have dropped roughly 10 percent to an attractive entry point.

Solid Q3 Results the Antidote for Uncertain Times

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 9, 2020

Economics not politics drive investment returns. Don’t get me wrong. Our Portfolio stocks came out very well in the recent election as businesses, future regulatory relations being the key concern.

The renewable energy focus of our electricity stocks is tailor-made for a new White House that will if anything try to speed up America’s ongoing energy transition. And the offshore wind stocks highlighted in the feature article are likely to be the next sector picks to pop, following example of contract generators like Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners (TSX: BEP-U, NYSE: BEP).

Two More Midstream Cuts

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 9, 2020

Energy Transfer LP (NYSE: ET) and Infraestructura Energetica (Mexico: IENOVA, OTC: IENVF) are the 25th and 26th dividend cutters from our Utility Report Card coverage universe in calendar 2020.

The silver lining is management’s decisions were clearly made for preference, rather than of necessity. That’s encouraging for both companies as well as others we track, with the result our Endangered Dividends List is the shortest it’s been all year.

Elections 2020: Utilities Score Big With Status Quo Plus

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 9, 2020

Elections have consequences. And when businesses are as tightly regulated as utilities, investors must always keep a clear, non-partisan eye on the implications of results.

Contrary to popular belief, the most important election results to watch are always at the state level. And this year featured nearly 6,000 individual legislative races in 44 states, as well as governors’ races in 11.

PPL Corp: 3 Reasons to Buy

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 12, 2020

PPL Corp’s (NYSE: PPL) potential sale of UK operations remains a threat to its dividend several weeks into the strategic review. Nonetheless, we’re adding the stock to the Aggressive Holdings now for three reasons.

CMS Energy: Renewables Growth with Takeover Upside

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 12, 2020

“Keep it simple” is a best practices business maxim that’s far easier to preach than practice. But when a company consistently sticks to it, superior results follow—as they have for nearly 20 years at Michigan electric and gas utility CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS).

What to Look for in Q3 Results

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 12, 2020

Surging prices for anything to do with renewable energy, lagging valuations for virtually everything else: That’s the current state of affairs for the Utility Report Card coverage as companies gear up to release results for now finished Q3.

No Cuts, But Some New Names

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 12, 2020

Essential services companies by their nature provide something that’s always needed. So it takes a major catastrophe this year’s pandemic and economic fallout to really shake up our Utility Report Card coverage universe.

Best Candidates for Another Burst of Utility M&A

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 12, 2020

Never buy a company just because it may get a takeover offer—unless you’d be happy owning if there’s never a deal. That’s a rule I’ve followed religiously for over 35 years in this business. It’s kept me away from some obvious targets like the former Sprint, which was ultimately bought after nearly going bankrupt.

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